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Holt is a beautiful Georgian country town set on the edge of the Glaven Valley in the undulating North Norfolk countryside. It is 23 miles north of the city of Norwich, 9.5 miles west of Cromer and 35 miles east of King's Lynn. It is connected to the coastal town of Sheringham by the North Norfolk Steam Railway – the Poppy Line.

Quaint streets and courtyards house many independently run bookshops, antique and bric-a-brac shops, galleries, boutiques and other shops, selling unusual and interesting goods. The town also has its very own department store, Bakers & Larners, which sells a vast array of products in its many different departments. There are a good selection of cafés, restaurants and pubs in Holt as well as B&Bs and other holiday accommodation.

Gresham’s public school is situated within Holt and was originally founded in 1555 by Sir John Gresham; it has long been an important local centre for education. For many years the school was for boys only, but Gresham began to admit girls in the early 1970s and is now fully co-educational.

During the summer Holt has an almost continental atmosphere, with many of its pubs and restaurants providing outside seating. The town in the winter is reminiscent of traditional Christmas card scenes with twinkling white lights fitted to every building in sight.

On the outskirts of the town lies Holt Country Park. With more than 100 acres of woodland, picnic area, adventure playground and nature trails, it is the perfect place for families to reconnect and enjoy time together outside.

Interesting facts about Holt

  • The name Holt is thought to derive from the Anglo-Saxon word for woodland
  • In 1708 Holt was devastated by a fire, destroying most of the medieval town in a matter of three hours. Rebuilt during the Georgian period, Holt is today renowned for its many Georgian buildings
  • Holt’s Christmas light display is considered by many as the best in the county. Thousands and thousands of lights adorn roofs, gables, windows and gutters and attract many visitors to the town each year
  • The Holt Summer Festival began in 2009 and is a popular arts festival that runs for a week. During festival week Holt plays host to many musicians, actors, poets, dancers, artists and comedians in various venues around the town including the church, the Auden Theatre, bookshop, Holt Community Centre, hotels and Holt’s Theatre in the Woods
  • Famous people from Holt include: Sir William Stanley (1435–1495), soldier, Lord Chamberlain, Sir John Gresham (1492–1556), merchant and founder of Gresham's School, Sir Richard Gresham 1494–1549), merchant and MP, Sebastian Shaw (1905–1994), actor, Billa Harrod (1911-2005), architectural conservationist, Sir Matthew Pinsent (born 1970), Olympic gold medallist in rowing, Gareth Sibson (born 1977), writer and broadcaster and Kieron Williamson (born 2002), landscape artist nicknamed ‘Mini Monet’

Discovering Holt

Holt is a pretty Georgian market town in north Norfolk, 23 miles from the city of Norwich and 9.5 miles from Cromer. It is the perfect place for a full day out and is an ideal base to stay and explore the surrounding area, being in close proximity to the beautiful north Norfolk coastline and stunning countryside.

14 reasons to visit Holt, Norfolk

The pretty Norfolk market town of Holt is situated 23 miles north of Norwich and 9.5 miles west of Cromer and is connected to the seaside town of Sheringham by the North Norfolk Steam Railway – also known as the Poppy Line.

Discover the beauty of Holt Country Park

Green Flag award winner - Located close to the Norfolk coast and a mile from the quaint market town of Holt, Holt Country Park is managed by North Norfolk District Council and is an area of tranquil woodland and heathland. It is a Green Flag award winner; a sign to visitors that Holt Country Park has the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained with excellent facilities.

Bircham Gallery

Located in the Georgian market town of Holt, in north Norfolk, this light and spacious art gallery stocks the work of over 200 artists and craftspeople including paintings, prints, sculpture, studio ceramics, glass and designer jewellery.

The Gallery Holt

Regarded as one of East Anglia’s leading art venues, The Gallery Holt has been exhibiting artwork since 1972 in this pretty market town in north Norfolk. This award-winning gallery has undergone much change and continues to evolve under the management and ownership of Adrian Hill FRSA.

Map of Holt

Accommodation in Holt

 Pal's Cabin

Pal's Cabin

Holt, Norfolk

This is a very special, unique property - an individually designed luxurious wooden lodge - set within its own large woodland garden in a 'secret' location, yet within easy walking distance of Holt town centre.

 Poppy Cottage (Holt)

Poppy Cottage (Holt)

Holt, Norfolk

A super flint, end terrace cottage quietly located within just a few minutes' walk of the centre of this popular Georgian town, where you will find everything you need for a perfect break away.

 Silver Birches

Silver Birches

Holt, Norfolk

Built in 2018, this spacious and sophisticated modern mews style house is situated on a select development on the edge of Holt town centre. Beautifully presented, with stylish interiors, this is a perfect bolt hole for any time of the year.

 Cobbler's Cottage

Cobbler's Cottage

Holt, Norfolk

We love this beautiful little cottage, and feel sure you will do too. Packed full of character and with oodles of charm, it's stylishly furnished, has a fully enclosed, pretty cottage garden, comes with private parking and secure bike storage, and is just a few minutes' walk away from Holt town centre. It's dog friendly too. What's not to love?!

Morston Hall Hotel

Morston Hall Hotel

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Morston Hall Holt Norfolk NR25 7AA

01263 741041

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